Newcastle City Council is currently running a public consultation on proposals to make more than £100m of savings by 2016.
This includes a proposal to remove 100% of funding from many of Newcastle's best known cultural venues and organisations.
We know the city council must make cuts and we fully expect to carry our fair share, but for every £1 of finding collectively received £4 is put back into the economy. We are therefore concerned that 100% cuts will seriously threaten the future of this city, famed worldwide for regeneration through investment in culture.
If you agree please send the City Council an email now to ask that they reconsider 100% cuts and work with the cultural partners and other important stakeholders, like Arts Council England, to find a way for culture to flourish here in the future. You have until February 1st to make your voice heard.
Your opinion matters. Please take part - you can make a difference.
To email your views to the Council click here now. We have filled in a suggested email template - if you are not using Microsoft Outlook, please copy and paste the text below into your email client, sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All you have to do is fill in your name and address at the bottom to show your support. Please feel free to add any additional comments, and do copy us in at email@example.com
I am writing in response to your budget consultation proposal to cut 100% of your funding to the ‘independent cultural organisations’ in Newcastle by 2015/16.
The cultural life of Newcastle is important to me and is the envy of much of the UK. It is one of the things that makes Newcastle a great place to live and it helps create jobs and investment that we badly need by encouraging tourists to come here and business to set up here.
I know the City Council must make cuts and I don’t expect the Council’s funding of arts and cultural activity to be an exception.
But 100% is too much and if we lose these places we will never get them back. So please reconsider this proposal to remove ALL funding from these organisations.
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To find out more and take part in the consultation visit: www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/budget2016
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Published on 16/01/2013 10:06:15